Manual Driving Tips
Helpful tips for learning how to drive a manual transmission vehicle
Getting used to your manual car’s biting point is paramount to a smooth driving experience. What is the biting point you may ask? This is the name given to the action of the cars clutch plate engaging with the engine plate or otherwise known as the flywheel. When the bite point happens you will usually hear the engine producing a different sound to normal driving which is caused by the revs dropping. You can see this happening on your car’s tachometer (which shows the RPM’s) next to the odometer.
Practicing as much as you can is the key. Start by finding a flat and quiet road. With the handbrake on, push down the clutch pedal all the way to the floor and then move the gear stick into first gear. Next, slowly press down the accelerator slightly until you see the tachometer reach around 1500 rpm (revolutions per minute). The biting point will occur when you hear a slight drop in the speed and rpm’s as the clutch begins to engage. Each car has a slightly different biting point so it’s important to get as comfortable as possible with every car you drive.
Learning how not to ‘ride the clutch’ is also essential for the care of your car. Riding the clutch pushes the pressure pad down against your clutch pedal when it is not fully engaging with the engine plate. This causes friction on the clutch and shortens the lifespan.
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